DESPITE the postponement of United’s trip to Aldershot on Saturday, officials at Plainmoor remain confident the New Year’s Day clash with AFC Wimbledon will survive the weather.
The Christmas football schedule has been blighted by horrendous rain, with tomorrow’s game at Aldershot joining our home meeting with Exeter last week on the long list of matches lost to waterlogged pitches.
Plainmoor, however, has benefited from no football in recent days and although rain is forecast for the weekend, United groundsman Chris Ralph believes the prediction of a dry day on Tuesday, when Wimbledon visit, will see the game go ahead.
“The pitch is not looking too bad at the moment and we’re hopeful at this stage,” said Chris. “The forecast for Tuesday is clear but mixed over the weekend
“We have pitch covers for the worst areas and when we lifted them prior to the Exeter game, the covered area was completely dry.
“The section just in front of the tunnel is the danger zone but we can cover nearly of all that. As long as we don’t get a deluge, we should be ok, especially if there is no rain on Tuesday.
"I know some fans may wonder what the difference is between our pitch and the one at Plymouth Argyle, where they had no trouble on Boxing Day and the same will be the case for their game tomorrow.
"Basically, without getting technical, Argyle have a brand new sand-based pitch where the drainage is instant, whereas our pitch is soil-based, but we have all the tools at our disposal being used to ensure New Year's Day goes ahead."